I just received my Nikon D5100 yesterday & after shooting a couple hundred photos I noticed quite a few have a pink cast to them. I switched the white balance to incandescent which helped some of the time, but in others made it worse. I've been using the Nikon D3000, so this was to be an upgrade, but so far I think the photos on my D3000 have better color. Any ideas? Do you think this is a problem with the D5100 or I just got a bad one? Debating if I want to keep it or just return it & go back to my D3000.
The images look pink both on the camera LCD and my computer (iPhoto), which is not calibrated. The photos were taken indoors in the evening. I went between auto white balance & incandescent, with the problem happening sporadically (maybe in 1/3 of the photos) in either setting.
Welcome to Nikonians! We're there any red or pink walls or ceiling in the room that you were shooting in? Light reflecting off of a colored wall or ceiling can project a color cast. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
OK I have seen that look on indoor shots with no flash. It seems to be a combination of white balance settings combined with underexposure in low lighting conditions. Your lack of sharpness may be due to longer exposure times.
If you are shooting indoors with only normal room lighting you will need to use a flash, almost 100% of the time.
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Since I don't have a 5100 I have a 3000 instead (bought 2 days before the 3100 hit the market typical of my dumb luck).
But in The WB settings on the the 3000 there are three Florescent settings. Warm White , Cool White and Daylight. Then the are the settings for Out Doors, Flash night time and so on.
If the Pictures are pinkish set for Cool white or daylight instead. if the have a Blueish cast then set for Warm White or Daylight. Cool white add a little extra Blue, Warm White a little extra Pink. And Daylight mimics sunlight.